Communities Delegation Condemns New Nigerian Same-Sex Law
The Act bans marriages or civil unions between persons of the same sex within Nigeria and void any such marriages and civil unions entered legally in other countries. The law goes further to criminalise the registration of ‘gay clubs, societies and organisations, their subsistence, possessions and meetings’ and bans the ‘public show of same sex amorous relationship either directly or indirectly’. The law provides a sentence of 10 years imprisonment to any person or group of persons that ‘witness, abets and aids the solemnisation of a same sex union or supports the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations, processions or meetings’.
The Communities Delegation urges the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to consider the implications of this law on the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens who will become targets of abuse, violence and other human rights violations of the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic globally and is the recipient of over US$1.5 billion from the Global Fund, with 17 active grants in place, and 8 of the grants on HIV/AIDS. The Communities Delegation is extremely concerned of the consequences this act will have in preventing access to essential HIV services for communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and undermine Nigeria’s efforts in the Comprehensive Response Plan for HIV/AIDS to address the high burden of HIV among key populations, impeding efforts and reversing the gains and progress made so far in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
The Communities Delegation is committed to ensure that all programmes funded by the Global Fund operate in, and contribute to environments that respect and value human rights to ensure that Global Fund investments are finance programmes that provide rights based access to prevention, treatment, care and support.
The Communities Delegation calls on the Global Fund to urgently identify mechanisms of direct support for the LGBT community in Nigeria, and to actively and closely monitor all Global Fund grants in Nigeria for human right violations and to take immediate action where such violations are clear.
We also urge and call on all partners including UNAIDS and bilateral programmes to directly advocate with the Nigerian government on this issue to honour its domestic and international obligations and commitments to respect, protect and ensure the fulfilment of rights of all people within its territory, and to protect minority groups from violence and discrimination by taking proactive steps to put in place measures that prevent the violation of their rights.
The role of the Communities living with HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and affected by malaria Delegation (Communities Delegation)is to advocate, influence and shape the decisions on the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tb and Malaria (Global Fund). This is so that communities living with HIV, TB and malaria can gain equitable access to quality services and support needed to prevent, treat and/or live with these infections within a conducive environment that respects human rights. www.
Communications Focal Point
Communities Delegation to the Board of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
C/O Action for AIDS, Singapore
9 Kelantan Lane #03-01
Office: +41 (22) 575 48 33
Mobile: +65 9856 0803
Email & Skype: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Cape Town to Host Innovative Health Conference
http://gsbblogs.uct.ac.za/inclusivehealth/ Igniting Healthcare Innovation in Africa Healthcare in South Africa and Africa is facing a myriad of challenges in delivering care to those who need it most. Now more than ever, innovation is required to develop solutions that can improve the delivery of healthcare in Africa in an inclusive, effective and affordable manner. These […]
US Health Policy Weighs on SA’s HIV Patients
by Mara Kardas-Nelson A forthcoming report, written by the US advocacy group Health Global Access Project (Health Gap) and the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that potentially tens or even hundreds of thousands of HIV patients may experience treatment interruptions as a result of a key change in policy for one of the world’s largest HIV […]
Ending AIDS : Myth or Reality?
by Olayide Akanni Is the end of AIDS truly in sight or are we merely sloganeering? These issues were the focus of a debate session titled “Ending AIDS: Myth or Reality” that held on Monday 9th December at the ongoing 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). Allan Whiteside of the Health […]
WACI Participates at ICASA 2013
Cape Town – The World AIDS Campaign International (WACI) is being well represented at the on-going 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) The WACI Executive Director Rosemary Mburu has been a speaker at several pre-conference meetings and also at some sessions during ICASA Other WACI delegates are Rukia Cornelius and […]
Global Fund Donors Pledge $12 Billion
WASHINGTON D.C. – Donors at the launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment today pledged US$12.0 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The pledges represent a 30 percent increase over the US$9.2 billion in firm pledges secured in 2010 for the 2011-2013 period. […]
Calling African and World Leaders to #BeTheGeneration to End AIDS, TB and Malaria
(Cape Town, South Africa) This year’s World AIDS Day comes at a historic moment in the fight to defeat not only AIDS but also other life threatening diseases, particularly, TB and malaria. It is a time of great scientific advances, which are giving us the ability to completely control these diseases. We are the generation […]
African Union Commission Announces World AIDS Day Theme
Addis Ababa—Ahead of the World AIDS Day commemorations in Juba, South Sudan the African Union Commission has announced the theme for next year’s campaign. The new theme Getting to Zero in Africa- Africa’s Responsibility, Everyone’s Responsibility resonates with the global theme (2012-16) Getting to Zero- Zero new HIV infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related deaths […]
Going the Whole Nine Yards… What is Needed for an Africa Free of AIDS, TB & Malaria
High Level panel discussion convened by Friends Africa and the Woodrow Wilson Center Going the whole Nine Yards… What is needed for an Africa free of AIDS, TB & Malaria Friends Africa in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center will be hosting a high level panel discussion to discuss the effectiveness and benefits that have […]
Invitation to a Regional Twitter-thon Re. Global Fund Replenishment
The Global Fund Fourth Replenishment will be launched on 3 December 2013 at a meeting hosted by the United States Government in Washington D.C. The funding secured through this process will drive the implementation of the Global Fund’s new funding model in 2014, and will fund grants for the 2014-2016 period. As activists in implementing countries in […]
The End of AIDS: Is an AIDS-Free Generation Within Reach?
UNICEF in partnership with South African newspaper the Mail and Guardian will be hosting a Critical Thinking Forum on Friday 29 November at The Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg. The forum will discuss the following topic: “The end of AIDS: Is an AIDS-free generation within reach?” On this occasion, UNICEF will be […]
ICASA Pre- Conference Announcement “Making Sense of Science” Civil Society Engaging the Scientific Community for Research
ICASA Pre- Conference Announcement “Making Sense of Science” Civil Society Engaging the Scientific Community for Research Date: December 6 2013 Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 2nd floor meeting room 2.6 Theme: Now More than Ever Targeting Zero New Infections by Investing in New Prevention Technologies Announcement: The Society for AIDS in Africa [SAA] […]
African Health Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Financing for HIV
by Wallace Mawire African health ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to funding health and HIV services at a meeting held alongside last week’s International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting was convened by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Unsustainable progress The […]
UNAIDS to Host Regional Strategic Dialogue With Partners
Dear Colleagues and Partners In close consultation with our Civil Society Partners, I am pleased to invite you to the Regional Strategic Dialogue between CSOs, ICPs and UN agencies, which will take place on 27thNovember 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00 hrs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank in Johannesburg. I am very pleased that we are […]
South Africa ‘Seeks Balance’ Between Intellectual Property, Public Health
THE South African government’s policy on intellectual property (IP), currently under discussion, would seek to strike a balance between the needs of public health and the interests of innovative pharmaceutical companies, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. His department released a draft national policy on intellectual for public comment on September 4. […]